Rich Paul hosted his annual Klutch Sports pro day Tuesday evening that featured prospects B.J. Boston (Kentucky), Scottie Lewis (Florida), Moses Moody (Arkansas), Jalen Johnson (Duke), Jericho Sims (Texas) and Kai Jones (Texas).
Each prospect wore the No. 5 with “Clarke” on the back of their jerseys to honor former Kentucky Wildcat Terrence Clarke, who died in a car accident in late April. Clarke was signed to Klutch Sports.
Klutch Sports clients who attended the workout as spectators were Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Maxey, Jordan Clarkson, Montrezl Harrell, Talen Horton-Tucker, J.R. Smith, Lonnie Walker, Miles Bridges and Lonzo Ball.
More than 30 kids from youth and families from USC/IYA and Heart of Los Angeles — which provides underserved youth with free programs in academics, arts and athletics — also were provided access to the event.
Paul’s business empire continues to grow. The first three years since launching his agency in 2012, he staffed four employees. Now, he has approximately 40 staff members. In addition to his partnership with United Talent Agency, Paul is demonstrating the immense power he has seized in relatively short time.
Paul’s pro days over the past few years have been a subject of conversation within league circles ever since ESPN agreed to exclusively air them. Last year was the first time ESPN broadcast the workout, featuring the eventual No. 1 pick Edwards and the No. 21 pick Maxey.
Following the hour-long pro day workout Tuesday, Yahoo Sports sat with Paul to discuss how this arrangement came to be, the criticism associated with it from rival agents, why he believes it’s a win-win for all parties and he spoke on a big free agent he’ll be working on this summer in Ball.
CH: Looking beyond the draft, you’ve got some free agents to get deals for this summer and one of them is New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, who will be a restricted free agent. What do you two ultimately want?
RP: We’re open-minded. In free agency, we all understand what that is in this landscape of business. He's a really good young player with the ability to become a great player. And so I think there's a lot of interests there. We're open-minded. The phone lines will definitely be open come free agency. At the end of the day, we'll look to make the best deal.
CH: Is New Orleans still an option?
RP: We’re open-minded to the landscape of the league.